Empowering all Women, in Space and on Earth

Grants & Awards

Ā WIA-Europe is dedicated to fostering a gender-balanced aerospace community by actively supporting its members through a range of initiatives. Our commitment extends to encouraging emerging talents and providing assistance to professionals who share our goal of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the aerospace sector. Through these efforts, we strive to advance not only individual careers but also contribute to the overall progress of the aerospace industry. WIA-Europe has three annual recognitions:
Outstanding Achievement Award

Each year, WIA-Europe bestows the Outstanding Achievement Award to honour exceptional accomplishments and leadership qualities of individuals, serving as both a tribute within the space community and a source of inspiration for future generations. The WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award comprises an engraved statuette and an Honorary Membership, presented during an awards ceremony. Our esteemed honorary members continue to actively support and enrich the WIA-Europe community.

The WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award is an engraved statuette and an Honorary Membership, presented at the award ceremony. It is presented to a person who has:

Shown noteworthy achievements in or contributions to an aerospace related project or programme that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field in Europe.
Shown noteworthy achievements in or contributions to an academic/educational project or programme that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field in Europe.
Shown exemplary leadership abilities in the aerospace field.
Served/serves as a role model or mentor who demonstrates dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.
Contributed positively to raise awareness and recognition of women in aerospace.
An active commitment to the professional growth of women in aerospace.
There are no constraints on age, gender or nationality for the WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award. WIA-Europe promotes diversity and as such accepts candidates from all nations, and encourages the nomination of men focusing on points 4, 5 and 6 of the above criteria.

The candidate can apply themselves, or can be nominated by someone else. All entries are judged by a committee of three WIA-Europe members and two WIA-Europe Board members. The entries must have:

A completed, signed application form (available for download below)
An essay of up to 500 words explaining the motivation for the nomination, including at least:
The relevance of the nominated individual in the aerospace sector;
His/her role in supporting women leadership and presence in the aerospace sector;
His/her recognition in the international arena.
The nomineeā€™s extended CV
A copy of a valid passport or other official identification document.

Timeline

February 1, 2024

Submission Open

May 24, 2024

Submission Deadline

June 28, 2024

Announcement of Winners

WIA- Europe Student Conference Grant

The WIA-Europe Student Conference Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to Bachelor, Master, and PhD students in Europe, enabling them to attend an international workshop or conference for the first time and present their paper on space-related topics.

To qualify for the WIA-Europe Student Conference Grant, applicants must:

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  • Be a current WIA-Europe member.
  • Not have received prior support from WIA-Europe.
  • Reside in Europe.
  • Be enrolled as a student pursuing a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree.
  • Have an accepted abstract on a space-related topic for presentation at an international workshop or conference.
  • Serve as one of the authors of the presented paper.
  • Act as the designated presenter of the paper.
  • Attend the conference for the first time.

The application should include the following:

  • Application form completed via WIA-Europe website
  • CV (PDF, in Europass format, maximum 2 pages)
  • Acceptance letter to the workshop or conference
  • Copy of the abstract
  • Motivation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, no images)
  • Formal support letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, including signature, no images) from a university professor or academic supervisor of current university

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*All documents must be uploaded through WIA-Europe's provided link.

  • The WIA-Europe Student Conference Grant amounts to EUR 1,000.Ā 
  • Winners are entitled to a free individual WIA-Europe membership for the subsequent year.Ā 
  • Upon request, a concise biography (Ā½ page) and a photo will be featured on our website.Ā 
  • Recipients are required to submit a short report (PDF, maximum 2 pages including pictures) within 6 months of receiving the grant. This report should outline how the financial support from WIA-Europe contributed to covering their registration and travel expenses, and share the insights gained from participating in the workshop or conference.Ā 
  • A summary of the report will be published in the WIA-Europe digest.

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Timeline

February 1, 2024

Submission Open

May 24, 2024

Submission Deadline

June 28, 2024

Announcement of Winners

WIA-Europe Inspirational Award

The WIA-Europe Inspirational Award aims to engage WIA-E members and encourage them to promote space and inspire future generations. The applicant should submit a short report describing their contribution to promote space and inspire future generations.

To qualify for the WIA-Europe Student Conference Grant, applicants must:

  • Applicant should be a WIA-E member.
  • Applicants should be based in Europe.
  • Applicants should not have previously received any support from WIA-Europe.
  • Applicants must be either enrolled in aerospace studies or employed within the aerospace industry.

The application should include the following:

  • Application form completed via WIA-EĀ  websiteĀ 
  • CV (PDF, in Europass format, maximum 2 pages, no images)
  • Activity/Project document including (PDF, max 3 pages):

oĀ  Activity/Project descriptionĀ 

oĀ  Personal contributionĀ 

oĀ  Target audience

oĀ  Impact, specifying the number of people benefiting from the Activity/Project

o Ā  Explanation of how the financial support from WIA-Europe would benefit this Activity/Project

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*All documents must be uploaded through WIA-Europe's provided link.

  • The WIA-Europe Inspirational Award amounts to EUR 1,000
  • Winners are entitled to a free individual membership for the subsequent year
  • Upon request, a concise biography (Ā½ page) and a photo will be featured on our website.
  • Recipients are required to submit a short report (PDF, maximum 2 pages including pictures) within 6 months of receiving the grant. This report should outline how the financial support from WIA-Europe was utilised to inspire future generations.
  • A summary of the report will be published in the WIA-Europe digest.

Timeline

February 1, 2024

Submission Open

May 24, 2024

Submission Deadline

June 28, 2024

Announcement of Winners

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